Buttigieg: It Is a ‘Huge Concern’ Biden Has Not Received Intel Briefings

Former presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (D) is expressing his frustration with President-elect Joe Biden’s inability to access intelligence briefings.

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Buttigieg how big of a concern it is for Biden to have not received intelligence briefings this long after the election.

“It’s a huge concern because you need to be able to prepare for the threat streams that the country faces. The intelligence community and the military, with no regard for politics, is out there doing the work of making sure day-by-day that the president is briefed on everything that we’re going to face,” Buttigieg said.

He added, “This just seems to be an exercise in trying to somehow protect the outgoing president’s ego and that’s not worth undermining U.S. national security.”

Watch his remarks below:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged Trump to provide Biden with intelligence briefings on Wednesday, as IJR previously reported.

“The president is contesting the election and I would urge him to give intel briefings to Joe Biden,” Graham said.

He added, “How much further to go? I don’t know. We’re going to be fine. At the end of the day, this thing will work itself out. It always has and it will here.”

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (D) did receive a briefing from national security experts on Tuesday.

They were briefed on “the diplomatic, defense, and intelligence challenges the administration will inherit on day one, focusing on both the strategic landscape as well as the readiness of our foreign policy and national security departments and agencies.”

The General Services Administration has failed to acknowledge Biden as the winner of the election.

Still, Biden said, “I am optimistic, but we should be further along…The law says that the General Services Administration has a person who recognizes who the winner is, and then they have to have access to all the data and information that the government possesses to be prepared.”

He continued, “It doesn’t require there to be an absolute winner. It says the ‘apparent winner.'”


  1. “Do they continue to play long or do they wipe the egg off their face and move on?” Phyllis

    Well, according to the evidence here on IJR, supporters of King Donald The Loser either are Cult-45 and they really don’t mind having egg on their faces or they went into huddles on other alt-right self-support sites consoling each other. Have you seen any other patterns?

  2. General, The majority of Trump voters want chaos—They wanted chaos from the Tea Party representatives they voted into office since 2010. They believe government does not work for them and what better way to prove it than voting for candidates that will make certain it does not work. If they actually believed the “massive voter fraud” claim that has been fed to them for over a decade, they would be able to cite evidence. They can listen while conspiracies are floated on conservative media, but conspiracies don’t hold up in a court of law. The courts are now telling them that what the MSM has been saying is true. They will need time to process how simple minded and gullible they have been. They now are faced with a choice. Do they continue to play long or do they wipe the egg off their face and move on.

  3. According to an ally of the president, King Donald The Loser is causing chaos because he feels slighted by Obama and Clinton even though he knows that he lost the election.

    He is AGAIN putting himself above this country. What a loser! We ALL lose because his widdle feelings got hurt. Boo-frigging-hoo.

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